Triumphant Fox: Erwin Rommel and the Rise of the Afrika Korps

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  • Describes the Desert Fox's preparation for military greatness, his rise to prominence, and his early campaigns in Africa
  • Recounts the first battles of Germany's notorious Afrika Korps

Gen. Erwin Rommel arrived in Africa's Western Desert in February 1941 to head the elite German Afrika Korps in its efforts to bolster its battered Italian allies. Disobeying orders to remain on the defensive, Rommel attacked, nearly pushed the numerically ...

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Overview

  • Describes the Desert Fox's preparation for military greatness, his rise to prominence, and his early campaigns in Africa
  • Recounts the first battles of Germany's notorious Afrika Korps

Gen. Erwin Rommel arrived in Africa's Western Desert in February 1941 to head the elite German Afrika Korps in its efforts to bolster its battered Italian allies. Disobeying orders to remain on the defensive, Rommel attacked, nearly pushed the numerically superior British out of Libya, and besieged the critical port of Tobruk. Unable to capture it, Rommel's forces defeated two British attempts to relieve the garrison before being forced to withdraw at the end of 1941. Seasoned by months of desert warfare, Rommel stood ready to achieve his greatest successes in 1942, a story told in Rommel's Desert War (978-0-8117-3413-4).

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
Rommel's desert campaigns are brilliantly described
— Drew Middleton
Armor
Mitcham's prose is concise, yet descriptive. This compact book probes deeply into Rommel as a commander, soldier, leader, husband and citizen, providing a good picture of Rommel's personality, rather than giving us only a drab rundown of his battlefield exploits.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811735605
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 3/4/2009
  • Series: Stackpole Military History Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 553,134
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr., is the author of more than twenty books on World War II. He lives in Louisiana.
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Table of Contents

Preface vi

Chapter 1 The Rout of the Romans 1

Chapter 2 Erwin Rommel and the Making of a General 11

Chapter 3 The French Campaign 29

Chapter 4 The Birth of a Legend 49

Chapter 5 Tobruk 73

Chapter 6 Battleaxe 85

Chapter 7 The Lull 117

Chapter 8 Sidi Rezegh 131

Chapter 9 The Day of the Dead 151

Chapter 10 The Dash to the Wire 161

Chapter 11 The Retreat to Cyrenaica and the Death of the Frontier Garrisons 175

Epilogue 187

Appendix A Table of Comparative Ranks 189

Appendix B German Staff Positions 190

Notes 191

Bibliography 220

Index 223

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